What if Stephen King is Actually a Serial Killer?
Number One Fan is a novella by Ryan Wiley that tells the story through the eyes of a 14 year old boy who is Stephen Michaels’ biggest fan and what happens when he actually gets to meet the writer. Billy has every one of the world’s most famous author’s novels, his bedroom is practically a shrine to the horror master. A new novel has just been published and Billy rushes to the library to grab a copy, however he’ll also find after vandalising a bookcase in the true crime section, another book by his hero, written when he was around the same age. This book is a handwritten exercise book, of notes and unpublished short stories, surely Stephen will be glad to have this back won’t he? Billy plans to knock on his door and use the book as an excuse to meet his idol.
Michaels is obviously King, and while reading this I liked to think he would be the type of guy to find the fun in the fact another author has had fun with his legend. This is easily a storyline that could have appeared as an episode of The Simpsons or Southpark, with Bart or Cartman instead of Billy as the main character or any other TV show which has fun with popular culture. The ending was a little predictable but there are some nice parody titles of Stephen King’s novels mentioned throughout the story to keep it interesting. Tabitha also is part of the story.
There are some things that are never really explained, such as why the notebook was part of the bookcase in the first place, but these things are not big enough to put off the enjoyment of this one. If you’re a fan of Stephen King, and even better if you look back with fond memories when you also became obsessed with King’s novels when you were in your early teens, then you will want to check this one out.